As May unfolds, gardens burst into life with vibrant blooms and lush foliage, heralding the heart of spring and the doorstep of summer. At Estes Landscaping, we celebrate this time of year as a period of growth, transformation, and opportunity. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a landscaping enthusiast, May is the month to unleash the full potential of your outdoor spaces. Here’s how to make the most of this magical month.

Embark on Planting Adventures

May is the ideal time to plant most flowers, shrubs, and trees, as the threat of frost has passed in most regions. It’s the perfect month to fill your garden with color and variety. Consider adding native plants that are adapted to your local climate and will thrive with minimal intervention. Don’t forget about summer-blooming bulbs and annuals for quick pops of color.

Vegetable Gardens Flourish

For vegetable gardeners, May is a busy month. It’s safe to plant warm-season crops directly into the garden, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and squash. Keep succession planting in mind to ensure a continuous harvest throughout the summer and into fall. Also, consider incorporating companion plants to naturally deter pests and enhance growth.

Lawn Care Essentials

With the rapid growth of grass in May, regular mowing becomes crucial. Aim to cut no more than one-third of the grass blade height to avoid stress on the lawn. This is also a pivotal time to apply post-emergent weed control and to fertilize your lawn to promote healthy, dense growth that can compete with weeds.

Pruning for Perfection

Early May is the last call for pruning certain shrubs and trees before they set buds for next year’s blooms. It’s also a good time to deadhead spent flowers on spring-blooming perennials to encourage a second flush of blooms. Regular pruning maintains the shape of your plants and encourages healthier, more vigorous growth.

Mulch for Moisture and More

Applying a fresh layer of mulch in May helps retain soil moisture, which becomes increasingly important as the temperatures rise. Mulch also suppresses weeds and adds a polished look to your garden beds. Choose a natural, biodegradable mulch that will enrich your soil as it decomposes.

Irrigation Check-Up

As the weather warms, ensuring your irrigation system is functioning efficiently is essential. Check for leaks, clogged sprinkler heads, and other issues. Adjust your watering schedule to early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation and ensure deep watering that encourages root growth.

Enjoy and Evaluate

Take time to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of your garden. Use May’s abundant growth to assess your landscape’s overall health and design. Note any gaps in planting that could be filled for continuous color or areas that might need redesigning. Estes Landscaping is here to help with all your design and maintenance needs, ensuring your garden is not only beautiful but also sustainable and enjoyable.

Connect with Estes Landscaping

May is a month filled with promise and potential for your garden. At Estes Landscaping, we’re dedicated to helping you capture that potential, transforming your outdoor spaces into thriving, vibrant landscapes. From expert advice to professional landscaping services, we’re here to support every step of your gardening journey.